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#619 of 2986 96 FORD RANGER NOT GOIN INTO 4WD LOW
Dec 11, 2002 (11:48 am)
Greetings all you proud Ford owners!
Seems I'm having some problems with my 1996 Ford Ranger...it will not go into 4 wheel drive LOW.....i can click the dial on the dash over to low 4wd BUT the dash light only says 4wd high......then if and when it finally does go into low 4wd then it will not go out back into 2 wd
wondering if anyone has had similar promlems and what can it be?
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Dec 11, 2002 (5:49 pm)
Sorry to get you guys confused about a vibration at upper speeds. Thanks frey44 for getting off the subject I initially wrote about, transmission problems. And that doesn't include a vibration at upper speeds. The shutter that was mentioned in my original posting about my '99 3.0l ranger happened in reverse backing up AT IDLE. If you can give me any input about the ranger auto trans, I'd appreciate it.
Dec 14, 2002 (1:14 pm)
OK, Ive posted before about my 4.0 V-6 making a knocking sound when I first start the engine in the AM. Im one of these guys who tries to get the best of everything for my vehicles, well at least I think so. From oil,belts,plugs,gas,etc.I get good name brand parts. Well this is what Ive come up with. I have been using 91 or 89 octane in my ranger. I get the knocking noise when this gas is in my ranger. Switched to 87 octane, which the owners manual says to use, and I don't get the knocking! Why? Im happy, but why?
Dec 15, 2002 (8:51 pm)
can lead to more carbon deposits in your combustion chamber, valves, and exhaust side of your heads. This shouldn't really explain any immediate changes, but would explain any gradual ones. It might be worth while to pick up a cleaner you can put into your fuel and try to clean up any left built up carbon...
Dec 17, 2002 (4:31 pm)
I'll pick up some fuel additive (cleaner) and give it a try. Thanks. This started very gradually, the knocking noise, and I just had to try something. Low octane gas (87) was it.
#624 of 2986 Some Rangers go and go ...see 970 posting
Dec 21, 2002 (2:00 pm)
I just discovered this Edmund's site while checking out pricing on a new Ford -- very interesting dialogues. I'll have to re-vist from time to time.
I just posted last night to the Ranger III section #970 about my 94 Ranger w/ 241,000 mi.
(bought it new in 94) Some time you get lucky, I guess -- I'm not particularly good at maintenance
however I drive fairly easy and had just great service from this Ranger. It still looks near new, but, 10 times around the world might be pushing my luck. ....truly a GREAT truck.
#625 of 2986 1996 Ranger theft system
Dec 27, 2002 (3:17 pm)
I Just bought a 1996 Ford Ranger XLT (base model no power locks etc). Once in a while the theft light comes on for about 10 sec while im driving and then goes off every now and then. Why is this light comming on? Is my truck equipted with a theft system? Because when the car is off the theft light never blinks. How do i fix it? Thanks
Jan 21, 2003 (3:05 pm)
i have 2001 ranger and have recently noticed that the auto tranny will shift from 1st to 2nd at 3000 rpms. the o/d light also began flashing. i have an appointment tomorrow for this problem. could anyone give me any heads up on this?? anyone else have this same problem in the past??
#627 of 2986 MRSMISHA VIBRATION
Jan 25, 2003 (1:11 pm)
Common problem in Ranger 4x4's>a subtle floorboard-seatbase shake that is faily low amplitude, and especially annoying on LONGER highway drives. One possilibity IS the driveshaft (in spite of the guys on here saying Rangers are perfect: they aren't). The origin of the shake is NOT the primary balance, but the improperly machined splines by the OEM manufacturer (probably Dana or an axle maker). Another possiblility is the torque converter of the 5 speed auto, if your truck has one. My 2000 Ranger got the new aluminum shaft (for free), but it did NOT solve the shakes completely, nor did a new set of Michelins. Also, have someone check the rims, especially if alloy) for runout. Also, check alignment; also, check for shocks that have freeplay [these can cause axle bounce on the rear especially, even if only a few mm of slop is present]. My Ranger vibes solution this fall will be a new '04 Tundra. I love the Ranger otherwise, but hate to drive it over maybe 15 or 20 minutes. I will be able to sell this truck to some youg guy who will put monster tires on it, offroad it, and tear it up. He won't notice the shakes anyways> Here is a link to the TSB I had previously posted:
frey44 Sep 17, 2002 4:14pm
#628 of 2986 Not all Rangers are affected.
Jan 27, 2003 (11:13 pm)
Especially my 2003. I had a rattle in my window seal area, and difficulty shifting from first to second while the drivetrain was cold, but I just rolled up the window all way. And after I started to get the drivetrain broken in, the shifting is now smooth as can be with my rusty manual trans driving. 3.0l is almost too much power for the little truck with 5 speed manual.